USD Hosts I CARE Programming Kickoff Event Feb. 1

Copy of I CARE logo. I CARE programming launches Thursday, Feb. 1.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host the official kickoff of the I CARE sexual assault prevention programming from 12-1 p.m. in the Muenster University Center Pit Lounge this Thursday, Feb. 1.

“We are excited to launch I CARE programming this semester with the addition of Bystander Intervention Training this fall,” said Marisa Cummings, I Care’s program coordinator. “The committees have done an extensive amount of work in planning strategic initiatives to address sexual assault prevention, education, and response on campus. Our programming involves a great deal of student input that will positively impact the University of South Dakota.”

I CARE is a federal grant received by USD to produce programming aimed at sexual assault prevention in the campus community. To accomplish this goal, the program includes the creation of a team of community partners to enhance survivor services and educate students about issues related to sexual assault.

The kickoff was originally slated for January 23, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

For more information on the I CARE program, resources for survivors of sexual assault, and a list of committees dedicated to preventing sexual assault in the USD community, please visit the I CARE website.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News